TREND #1: TV or Art Directly Above the Fireplace
One of the most common fireplace installation requests this year is the placement of media or art directly above a modern linear gas fireplace. In the past, requests like this could only be satisfied by heat protective barriers, safety clearances and noisy venting fans. Today, engineering innovations like Cool Touch Wall Technology make it possible to hang what you want above your gas fireplace, without any of that. Naturally, this new technology is driving a trend for space-saving, multi-function fireplace feature walls.
Cool Touch Wall Technology makes it possible to hang what you want above your gas fireplace, without clearances, fans or heat barriers. Pictured: City Series New York View 72 gas fireplace
TREND #2 - Balance
What’s black and white and has cute bunny antenna ears? Not your television (anymore). With the help of new technology, televisions are getting larger and lighter every year. As enjoyable as big TV’s are, they create a problem for home owners and designers who want the main focus of a room to be a fireplace. The fix doesn’t have to be a larger fireplace. In fact, even if your wallet can accommodate a larger fireplace, your room might not. Larger fireplaces produce more heat, an important consideration in cozy sized rooms. Thankfully, there’s an easy, budget friendly solution that can help you shift the focus from your television back to your fireplace. Extended view panels are a great way to create balance on a fireplace feature wall.
In this photo, the fireplace is overshadowed by a large television, creating a top heavy fireplace feature wall.
In this photo, the same fireplace achieves visual prominence and balance with the addition of black glass extended view panels.
TREND #3 - Seamlessly Integrated Extended View Panels
Flush to the wall and reflective, black glass extended view panels focus the eye, create visual balance, and amplify flames for maximum impact. A literal expansion of City Series’ frameless firebox, extended view panels by Regency® integrate seamlessly for a striking, modern, linear look.
Extended view panels with invisible seams create the illusion of a larger fireplace and provide an amplified flame experience. Pictured: City Series New York View 40 with view extenders
Extended view panels engineered by Regency integrate seamlessly to create a beautiful, high quality frameless fire experience. Pictured: City Series New York View 40 with black glass view extenders
TREND #4 - Frameless Fireplaces
All true-to-trend modern linear gas fireplaces are frameless, offering clean linear lines and an uninterrupted fire view. Pro Tip: Some frameless fireplaces are better than others. Frameless fireplaces like City Series are a favorite among designers because they can be finished with ANY material, right to the edge (including wallpaper and wood).
City Series frameless fireplaces offer clean, modern linear lines, unlimited finishing options, and seamless integration into any space. Pictured: City Series New York View 40 finished with wallpaper
TREND #5 - Banding
Banding is a strong, horizontal design element that creates the illusion of a larger fireplace without adding additional heat or expense. Banding also creates fire-focused balance on multi-function fireplace feature walls. To achieve this look, simply paint a dark band of color around your fireplace. Combine banding with reflective black glass extended view panels for maximum impact. Painted banding looks best on frameless fireplaces and endures the longest on fireplaces with Cool Touch Wall Technology.
Banding is a strong, horizontal design element that creates a sense of balance and the illusion of a larger fireplace. Pictured: City Series Chicago Corner 40LE
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